The Nasarawa State Directorate of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, has allerted that child soldiers are being recruited by bandits in Nasarawa State which borders the Federal Capital Territory.
The agency called on the Nasarawa State government to increase its public enlightenment mechanisms of educating the citizens on the danger of being engaged by the bandits in its nefarious activities.
State director of the Agency, Mrs. Priscilla Gondu-alluor said during a courtesy visit on one of the radio stations, Breez FM in Lafia that lack of education, poverty and humanitarian problems were some critical factors bandits are capitalizing on to lure the children into their evil activities.
NOA director enjoined parents to pay more attention to their wards, insisting that child soldiering method being applied by the bandits to engage the children, portends great danger to the state and nation.
The non-governmental organisation, Save the Children International, had said in 2018 that over 65, 000 children were recruited as child soldiers for the purpose of suicide bombing, sexual exploitation and domestic service among others.